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5:50 PM ET, May 19, 2020


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Cassie da Costa / The Daily Beast:
Jane Roe's Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right  —  REVEALING  —  The new FX documentary “AKA Jane Roe,” out May 22, contains a shocking revelation: Roe (of “Roe v. Wade” fame) played the part of an anti-abortion crusader in exchange for money.
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
The woman behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ didn't change her mind on abortion.  She was paid  —  When Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, it stunned the world and represented a huge symbolic victory for abortion opponents: “Jane Roe” had gone to the other side.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Mysterious Susan Rice email declassified, release is ‘imminent’: source  —  Former FBI Director James Comey suggested to then-President Barack Obama in a January 2017 meeting that the National Security Council might not want to pass “sensitive information related to Russia” …
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Sean Davis / The Federalist:   BREAKING: Declassified Susan Rice E-Mail Confirms Michael Flynn Was Personally Targeted In Oval Office Meeting
Sean Davis / The Federalist:   BREAKING: Declassified Susan Rice Email Confirms Michael Flynn Was Personally Targeted In Oval Office Meeting
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
John Ratcliffe, Trump's pick for top intelligence post, clears divided Senate panel
Discussion: TheBlaze, Forbes and Power Line
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Michael Flynn's lawyers try an end run around federal judge  —  Flynn's lawyers also accused a U.S. District Court judge of bias and asked that the case be reassigned for any future proceedings.  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  Lawyers for former Trump national security …
Discussion: Associated Press and emptywheel
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Flynn's lawyers file petition to force judge to dismiss charges
Discussion: IJR
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
McConnell challenges judge's handling of Flynn case
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
In Michael Flynn case, Judge Sullivan's gross overreach turns justice into mob rule
Discussion: Instapundit
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Hearing sought in Justice Dept. bid to undo Flynn guilty plea, as nearly 1,000 ex-prosecutors prepare …
Discussion: Raw Story
Arizona Republic:
New poll shows Sen. Martha McSally losing ground to Mark Kelly and that's not even the bad news  —  From the Republican uh-oh department: Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is sliding in the polls, dropping four percentage points in a month.  —  McSally now trails Democrat Mark Kelly by 13 points …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
White House portrait ceremony may be the latest casualty of the political divide  —  Why traditional WH portrait unveiling may cease for now  —  WASHINGTON — It's been a White House tradition for decades: a first-term president hosts his immediate predecessor in the East Room for a ceremony …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Won't Be Unveiling Obama White House Portrait, Says Report  —  BREAK FROM TRADITION  —  For decades, it's been a gesture of the peaceful transition of power from president to president, regardless of party politics.  But, according to a report from NBC News, President Trump …
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Breitbart
Florida Today:
Coronavirus: As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul  —  EDITORS NOTE: We chose to make this story broadly accessible because of the importance of its content.  But quality, fact-checked reporting isn't free.  Collecting and verifying news is a costly …
Langston Taylor / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Health Department officials told manager to delete coronavirus data before reassigning her, emails show
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Whitmer order bans ‘nonessential’ plant tours, but Trump's Ford visit still on; automaker will require mask  —  When Ford Motor Co. hosts President Donald Trump on Thursday for a tour of its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, the automaker will be doing so in technical violation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Trump announces executive order aiming to make hundreds of deregulations amid coronavirus permanent
Discussion: Townhall
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
The Times' Smith Versus The New Yorker's Farrow: The Great Powers of Liberal Journalism Go to War  —  The Times' new media columnist fired an un-Timesian blast at one of The New Yorker's superstars and semi-sacred figures—and now journalism Twitter is aflame.
Natasha Turak / CNBC:
Wearing a mask can reduce coronavirus transmission by 75%, new study claims  — Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus' transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.
Stuart Emmrich / Vogue:
Is Donald Trump Lying About Taking Hydroxychloroquine?  —  President Donald Trump announced at a White House event on Monday that he has been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine for “a couple of weeks” as a preventive measure against COVID-19.  —  A lot of people don't believe him.
Discussion: Redstate, ABC News and New York Times
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi slams Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine, calls him ‘morbidly obese’
Discussion: Raw Story and WND
Alex Koma / Washington, D.C. Business Journal:
Steve Salis has made up his mind: Kramerbooks is leaving Dupont  —  Coronavirus or no, Steve Salis has made up his mind: Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is moving out of its Dupont Circle home.  —  Salis, the co-founder of &pizza who bought the Dupont retail institution in 2017, has been considering a move for some time.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump almost got away with firing the guy who was investigating Mike Pompeo — but now it's all falling apart  —  After being questioned, the President threw Pompeo under the proverbial bus.  Two dogs, some rumors about Saudi weapons and an ‘UberEats with guns’ later, the controversy is only getting worse
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Senate poll: Ossoff leads Dems in Perdue matchup, Loeffler trails Collins  —  A poll released Tuesday shows Jon Ossoff leading other Democrats in a potential head-to-head matchup against U.S. Sen. David Perdue, the latest in a string of surveys that shows a tight race for the seat.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Ben Stiller Will Remember His Father  —  The actor and director on growing up with famous comedians as parents and how his father, Jerry Stiller, saw his son's career.  —  Jerry Stiller, the legendary comedian and entertainer, died this month, at the age of ninety-two.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Donald Trump Doesn't Want Authority  —  The coronavirus crisis offered the president an opportunity to consolidate power.  It turns out he only wants attention.  —  For the last four years two Western political figures have loomed particularly large in the imaginations of anxious liberals.
Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren't Infectious, Study Shows  — Result is a positive sign for regions reopening economies  — Findings may also aid in the debate over antibody testing  —  Researchers are finding evidence that patients who test positive for the coronavirus …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers  —  More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a “hard stop” on their deployments on June 24 — just one day shy of many members becoming eligible …
Discussion: Slate, Vanity Fair, The Hill and Raw Story
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:
Inventors Develop Mask to Let You Eat and Stay Safe  —  Inventors developed a coronavirus mask that lets you eat without taking it off.  Here's how it works: You squeeze a lever and it opens a slot so you can go at it like Pac-Man.  Inventors say the mask lets you dine out with friends without taking your mask off.
Discussion: Twitchy and Eater
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Georgia Republicans cancel election for state Supreme Court, meaning governor can appoint a Republican  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on April 27.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images  —  Republicans will control a seat on the state Supreme Court for an extra two years.
Discussion: VICE
Amanda Borschel-Dan / The Times of Israel:
Living underground before the Romans?  2,000-year-old rooms found by Western Wall  —  Purpose of unique ancient complex still unclear, but indicates possible subterranean Second Temple-era life in Jerusalem's Old City prior to the Roman conquest in 70 CE  —  A singular two-millennia-old …
Discussion: UPI and WND
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Maryland Reports Largest Rise Yet In Coronavirus Cases 4 Days After Reopening  —  The Maryland Department of Health reported 1,784 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, setting a new high mark four days after the state began reopening its economy.  Maryland is now reporting 41,546 cases …
Discussion: Fox News
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
NASA's human spaceflight chief ousted just before big launch  —  The head of NASA's human spaceflight office has resigned just one week before the agency is expected to launch astronauts from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade, according to a notification obtained by POLITICO.
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
A Trump-friendly, anti-AOC Democrat is poised to win a New York House seat—with some help from the pandemic  —  New York's 15th congressional district, with Yankee Stadium at its heart, is home to some of the country's poorest and most diverse people, an Obama oasis bordering AOC's neighborhood …
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Annie Glenn, 100, famed astronaut's widow, dies of COVID-19  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Annie Glenn, wife of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn who overcame a childhood stutter to become an advocate for others with speech disorders, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19.  She was 100.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sady Doyle / GEN:
The Tara Reade Saga Is a Failure of Journalism  —  Reporters haven't done their due diligence, and Reade is paying 100% of the price  —  Tara Reade deserved better than The Katie Halper Show.  Reade came forward in the spring of 2019 with a credible allegation of sexual harassment …
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Sarah Kolinovsky / ABC News:
Mnuchin, Powell differ on outlook as they defend US economic response to coronavirus
Discussion: Politico
James Barrett / The Daily Wire:
Nikki Haley Responds To Trump's Actions Against China's Huawei, Offers Grim Prediction For China
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
BuzzFeed News:
This Billionaire Oligarch Is Being Investigated By A US Federal Grand Jury For Alleged Money Laundering
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Biden: Israeli annexation ‘will choke off any hope for peace’
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge News:
Phone Calls Between Biden And Ukraine's Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion “Quid Pro Quo” To Fire Burisma Prosecutor
The Daily Beast:
Why Michelle Malkin Is Den Mother of the Alt-Right Dipsh*ts
 Earlier Items:
Deadly attack at Toronto erotic spa was incel terrorism, police allege
Discussion: Toronto Sun and The Daily Beast
April Dembosky / Kaiser Health News:
Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations
Roch Dunin-Wasowicz / LSE Covid-19:
The public do not understand logarithmic graphs used to portray COVID-19
Discussion: Mother Jones
Detroit Free Press:
Secretary of State: All Michigan voters will get absentee ballot applications at home
Leonardo Blair / The Christian Post:
Georgia church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus